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North Umpqua River - September 7th, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
   Hello fellow Patient Anglers, hope you all got the same Steelhead feeling I got when the weather changed last week. It prompted me to jump in the truck and head down to the North Umpqua to fish for a couple of days. The water was in great shape running around 800 cfs up high and about a 1000 cfs down low. The water temped at 56 degrees and had a little bit of color to it.

   I had a great first day with six Steelhead grabbing my fly in five different runs. One came unbuttoned after the take, one came off during the fight, and the other four were solid hook-ups and came to hand. The best fish of the year was the last one of the day. A nice big 30+ inch chrome Steelhead that took my fly on the last cast at the very bottom of a tailout on a famous run that I’ve fished many times before with very little success. All of my takes were on my Black, Purple, Blue & Red Stinger fly. The next day I raised one to a Skater first thing in the morning and two other pulls during the day, but no solid hook-ups or fish landed. It was still my best trip to the North Umpqua this year. I’ll be heading back down in a day or so.


The Patient Angler 

Peter Bowers
North Umpqua River - April 5th, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Went down to fish the North Umpqua again this week. The water was in great shape, the best I’ve fished this year. The river was running about 1500cfs and clear, and the weather was nice and warm with mostly sunny skies. The fishing on the other hand was quite slow for me. I fished pretty hard for most of Monday and all of Tuesday without a pull. I was able to spot a number of fish and I fished all the usual spots up and down the river, but with no takers. I did catch a very nice trout on the end of one of my swings, which had my heart racing for a few seconds as I thought the Steelhead Gods had answered my prayers.

  The North Umpqua river is one of the few rivers I’ve ever fished, that I truly don’t mind if I catch fish or not. The magnificent beauty of the North Umpqua overwhelms my constant passion for catching fish. Spending the day casting across some of the most historic and fabled steelhead waters in the world and enjoying the nature that surrounds you, is enough for me.


The Patient Angler  

Peter Bowers
North Umpqua River - March 31st, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Spent a couple more days down on the North Umpqua River. The water was in good shape running around 1750cfc and dropping. The weather was nice and warm with overcast skies that spit a little rain every hour or so. On the first day, I hooked and landed a nice bright hen about 28/29 inches. I was fishing my Marabou Stinger fly on a heavy sink tip with about 4 feet of leader. She took the fly hard and put up a fight all the way to the bank. The water is a bit warmer and you see it in the way the fish take and fight. I fished the rest of the day and half way through the next day before hooking up with the biggest steelhead I’ve ever seen on the North Umpqua. I was feeding line into a long swing in a big tailout a couple miles below camp water, when my line came taught and 30 yards of line screamed off my reel before I knew it. Just as I felt the loops on my Versi-Tip Spey line running across or around some underwater structure, I felt my tippet part from my fly as this monster of a fish jumped out of the water in front of me going upstream. At first, my first thought was that it was a Salmon, but I soon realized it was a big chrome steelhead pushing 38” with my fly in his mouth. It took me a couple minutes after that with my shaking hands to tie on a new fly.

   Make sure that while fishing in the next 4 to 6 weeks, that you respect the spawning areas on gravel bars when fish are present.


The Patient Angler         

Peter Bowers
North Umpqua River - March 23rd, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fished the North Umpqua River on Monday & Tuesday. It was warm and rainy most of the time with the air temperature reaching around 48 degrees. The water was in pretty good shape and clear when we got there, but we could see as the first day passed that the water was on the rise. The water temperature had climbed into the low 40’s , much warmer than the river has been most of the winter.  I hooked and landed a nice wild fish around 29 inches long, in some water below Williams Creek in the afternoon on the first day. She hit my trusty Stinger Fly hard, and proceeded to strip 20 yards of line off my reel in a hurry ending the run with a jumping cartwheel. She then kept her nose down and put up a pretty good fight until I brought her to hand. It rained most of the night, and when we got our first look at the river the next morning, it had gone up and had a lot more color to it than the day before. We had breakfast, pulled on our waders and decided to give it a go anyway. As we worked our way upstream from Glide passing countless tributaries that added volume to the river, the water started looking a little more fishable.

With the water looking a lot better up stream of the rising Steamboat Creek, I started to feel the chances of hooking another steelhead were improving. Later that afternoon, in a run above camp water I caught a big beautiful 33 “ fish that had more fight in her than any steelhead I’ve caught in a while. Every time I got her close to the bank, she would tear off in another run. Finally I was able to tail her, take a quick picture and release her back into the glacial colored waters of the North Umpqua. 

  This was also my first chance to really fish my new Sage 7136-4 Z-Axis spey rod. I was very impressed with the performance of this new rod. Matched up with a skagit line and cheater it handled the heaviest sink-tip and weighted fly with minimal effort. If your looking for the best spey rod packages to cover the Northwest Steelhead waters, this is it!



The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers      
North Umpqua River - February 9th, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 49 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
February 5, 2007


North Umpqua River


            How do you adequately describe a day of fishing that ranks, if not at the top, as one of the best days on the water you have ever experienced?  It’s not for the reason you may initially think.  The day holds such a special place because of who I got to fish with. 

            Frank Moore has played no small role in the conservation and protection of the wild runs of steel head, as well as the watershed and North Umpqua river itself.  It is a place I hold very dear, and the place it is has a lot to do because Frank feels the same way I do long before conservation was a reasonably held ideal.  It would be an understatement to say that this man is one of the living legends of fly fishing, if not one of my heroes.

            Through a friend (Thanks Bob!), we were invited to spend the night at Frank and Jeanie Moore’s home on a ridge above the river.  I didn’t hold any ideas that I would in fact get to fish with Frank, but was giddy in anticipation to experience the Moore’s legendary hospitality as well as their company.  But as we were enjoying breakfast Monday morning, it was decided that Frank and I would fish together.  I might as well have been a six year old on Christmas morning, except I was experiencing this Christmas for the first time. 

            At 84, Frank would be described as anything but elderly or a senior citizen.  It was work for me to keep my 36 year old hide up with Frank.  Frank is a noted caster with a single handed rod(read that as 100 ft casts with ease), so that means I almost got out as far as he did with my double hander.  He was a gracious host, letting me fish through each run first.  The river was low, clear, and relatively cold in the high 30's.  We fished some spots that I knew and some that I didn’t.  Frank had stories and memories dating back decades about each place.  While fishing a lower run that I had never fished before, I got what a good friend likes to call an “Underwater Umpqua Handshake.”  The fish hit with vigor, stripped 30 ft of line off, went airborne, and spit the hook.  All this with Frank upriver watching the whole episode.  The requisite good-natured ribbing and cajoling ensued.  I could have died and gone to heaven at the moment, but the fish god’s were smiling on me that day.  Thirty casts later I hook into a second fish in the run, but this one was pinned tight.  After a good fight, a swim as I was trying to cross back to shore, and the fish deciding it wanted to be in the next pool down, we landed a beautiful 32", 12 lb native buck.  Frank claims I fell in because I tripped over a rock in 18" of water, but I maintain he pushed me in because I had hooked another fish.  His story may hold a little more water than mine.  In trying to give Frank a crash course in how to use my digital camera, the only picture we got was of Frank, holding the camera upside down and backwards, taking a close-up picture of himself.  I have plenty of pictures of steel head, but I only have one self portrait of Frank.  I like that picture better.  We didn’t touch anymore fish the rest of the trip, but why would you need to.  I am still on cloud nine.

            Thank you to the Moore’s for such and incredible couple of days.  It is a memory that will not fade anytime soon.


Good Casts and Tight Lines,

Reed  Teuscher
North Umpqua River - December 22nd, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 46 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

North Umpqua River


I was able to get a day in on the N. Umpqua last week.  It has been my goal to get a fish each month of the year on the N. Umpqua and Monday turned out to be my day in December.  The river was in surprisingly great shape and the fish were even more cooperative.  I landed 4 steelhead between 23" and 30" and one very gnarly coho that was post spawn.  Five to the beach with probably double that many grabs.  An incredible day.  The river promptly blew out within 2 days from that major storm last week, but I am watching closely for the flows to drop again.  Caught all the fish on a spey rod using 15’ of T-14, 2 ½’ of 15 lb leader, and the trailing hook, marabou fly we have been having such great success with this year.  Stop by the shop and let Peter or I show you how to tie it. 


Happy Holidays and Good Fishing



Reed Teuscher

The Patient Angler Fly Shop

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